Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015
Heather Kravas creates dances, which she describes as, “punk in attitude, feminist in spirit, and deliberately anti-spectacle.” Her work also explores her curiosity about the relationship between power, desire, and conformity to societal norms. Her 2013 work, a quartet, was part folk dance and part ballet. These movement styles created a more structured setting, leaving room to investigate the relationship between an individual and a group. The Green Surround (2011) featured nine women, analyzing the practice of perfection, and what happens when it is not achieved. Striving to create a new definition of beauty when perfection fails, the work was named one of the top ten choreographic works of the year by Artforum. She has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award (2014), a MAP Fund (2013) grant, and multiple NEFA FUSED awards. Her current project, play, thing, explores the female condition by presenting an overlapping series of emotional states and actions, including shakes, thrusts, and sobs.